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General · 26th May 2016
Campbell River – North Island MLA Claire Trevena is asking people to show they want high speed, fibre optic, internet.
Telus is assessing where it will expand in the coming years and Trevena is urging people to show that their North Island home needs that high speed link.
“It is – literally – just a click away,” said Trevena. “Telus is collecting the information and will decide its expansion from the response it receives. We all need to tell the company that what is provided at the moment is not good enough – we want that fibre connection directly to our homes and our businesses like tens of thousands of other British Columbians enjoy.
“People and communities in the North Island are falling behind because they don’t have that fibre technology coming directly to their homes or their business. Even in the Mount Waddington region where new fibre was laid, the connection from the hub to people’s home is copper which is much slower.”
The page to go to for your say on the future roll out can be found at https://fibre.telus.com/iwantfibre/#overbuild_form. Telus says it is trying to prioritise places most interested in getting to fibre optic. No North Island community is on the list for prospective fibre connections at the moment.
“We all know how essential high speed connectivity is for all aspects of life. Whether it is businesses and economic development, education or entertainment, it is integral to our society. Telus needs to know that we want access to contemporary communications,” said Trevena. “And it is easy to get our voices heard.”
Trevena will also continue to urge the BC government to invest more in connectivity to ensure North Island communities have both broadband internet and cell coverage.
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Contact:
Mary Carstairs, Constituency Assistant 250-287-5100
Lets be heard - We need High Speed
Comment by Robert P on 30th May 2016
I am looking forward to moving to Quadra Island this month, there is only one regret I will have leaving Vancouver behind and that is my 20 GB Novus internet connection. As a consultant I supporting some of B.C's largest retailers with their eCommerce web stores and having a strong internet connection is critical to my business and in turn I'll be supporting local business. The new reality is that high speed internet is a must have for any business, even more so for remote business and need to reach out.

Please join me in urging Telus and our politicians to make high speed a reality.